First of all I want to thank the hundreds of people who went out and shared the magic of their morning ride with us over Christmas. The competition wasn't restricted to a particular type of camera this time, but it's amazing how far things have come in such a short time with camera phone technology. As we've seen, if you get the right light and composition you can capture some spectacular images.
I have to admit that the voting system to choose the winners was not ideal. Of course choosing the “best” photos is a subjective thing so the fairest thing to do is leave it up to the people’s choice (which inevitably turns into a social media popularity contest). However, it would have cost a lot of money in web development costs to create a voting system specifically for this contest which I could not justify.
In any case, I used the most fairest voting mechanism I could think of while trying to eliminate scamming and multiple votes. In the end I think we have some fantastic winning photos and I congratulate everyone who made it to the finals.
The Grand Prize winner of a set of Giant P-SLR01 Deep Dish Wheels is…
Photo by Jen Siah | Caves Rd - Boranup, Margaret River region, WA | 309 votes
The First Place winner of a Cell Bikes Custom Fixie is…
Photo by Will Collie | Point Neepean, Victoria | 241 Votes
The Second Place winner of a set of Bont Vaypor shoes is…
Photo by dahondude | Location unknown | 187 Votes
The Third Place winner of a set of Rapha ProTeam jersey and Knicks is…
Photo by Ben Pilot | Once a Belgian PRO, always a Belgian PRO.... chasing "Belgie" on the Tuesday morning group ride is always entertaining, as you know when that devil may care grin looks across, you know that there is going to be some throw down badass power pushed down the road!!! This was taken between Lofty and Greenhill Rd in the Adelaide hills.... one of the places you could never tire of riding!!! afterwards? #toastedwaffles! | 178 Votes
The Fourth Place winner of a BMC jersey, knicks, cap, and waterbottles is….
Photo by Stephen Austen | Lake Morris, QLD | 132 Votes
The Fifth Place winner of some Zero RH+ Sunglasses (Team Lampre edition) is….
Photo by Andy van Bergen | Taken yesterday at trestles in Selby, VIC | 123 Votes
My Personal Favorites
Where are a few photos that made it to the finals but didn’t win which are personal favorites of mine. For this highly subjective achievement I’ll award each of you with a Rapha t-shirt (your choice of color).
Photo by Elcamino | Shell Rd sunrise Point Lonsdale. "ride towards the light..."
Photo by David Scarlett | Kinglake Sunrise, following the Melbourne Gravel Grinders night ride.
Photo by Chris Grafik | And then we got wet. White Hills, Northern Tasmania
Photo by Andrew Willock | Cadence in the valley
Photo by Chriscav | Morning Glory
Image by Aaron Upson | Separating the Blacks and Whites
Congratulations to the winners and chapeau all who took the time to submit these fantastic photos. If your photo is up here please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
Thank you to our sponsors for providing these generous prizes. Giant Bicycles, Cell Bikes, Bont Shoes, Rapha, BMC, and VeloRepublic.